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Westmount Here & There
June 5, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

rovers 2016 yeti westmountmag.caProject Yeti-Nepal 2016

Nepal is still in need of so much work since last year’s devastating earthquake. On Friday, May 20, a group of eight Montreal area Rovers, headed by Westmounters Virginia Elliott and Doug Leahey, departed on a humanitarian trip to Nepal. For one month they will be volunteering and helping with repairs at the Kunde Hospital, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary 50 years ago. The group will also participate in a reforestation program in Sagarmatha National Forest.

Their effort may be supported through a tax deductible donation directly to Scouts Canada at scouts.ca (mention Project Yeti) or through the Gofundme Project Yeti Nepal 2016 at gofundme.com
Their progress can be followed on their Facebook Project Yeti page and Instagram

Image: courtesy of Virginia Elliott

Jaswant Guzder

jaswant guzder westmountmag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Navigating East West Hybridities featuring the works of Jaswant Guzder until Thursday, June 23.

Jaswant Guzder’s paintings emerge from the realities of her life as someone with a diaspora identity. As a psychoanalyst, the realities of free association have surfaced for her in the process of book making, works on paper and continuous note taking. Her work is a chronicle of an internal process, a journey between the intuitive and the analytic, swinging between the two poles of her life work as painter and healer.

Talk: Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
More information at visualartscentre.ca/mcclure-gallery

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

An Evening of Poetry, Prose & Music

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose & Music at the McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria. Produced and hosted by Ilona Martonfi and featuring the talents of Susan Elmslie, Ian Ferrier, Ilona Martonfi, Cora Siré, Michael Carrino, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Anne Stratford, Tom Abray and Sapo.

Doors open at 7 pm, readings at 7:30 pm, tickets at the door $5.

For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

Image: courtesy of Ilona Martonfi


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Balcony Gardening

balcony gardenOn Wednesday, June 8 at 5 pm, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents Balcony Gardening with guest speaker Sheena Swirlz, Co-ordinator of Concordia Greenhouse, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

Come learn all you need to know to have a beautiful balcony, or patio, resplendent with flowers and/or vegetables. Learn how to maximize the space, plan your soil and make great plant choices. You will be amazed at how creative you can be in a small space! Presented by the Westmount Horticultural Society in collaboration with Concordia University’s Greenhouse.

Doors open 4:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
The event is free but donations to the WHS or the Concordia Greenhouse are appreciated.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: BRF Klätterträdet via StockPholio.net

Preventing Radicalization Through Education

genocide-image_westmountmagOn Wednesday, June 8, the Foundation for the Compulsory Study of Genocide in Schools will host Awakening Humanity: Preventing Radicalization Through Education at the Kandy Gallery, 5629 Ferrier, TMR.

The evening will feature guest speakers Beryl Wajsman, Editor-in-chief of The Suburban Newspaper and president of the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal; Frank Chalk, Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies of Concordia University; Dr. Ratna Ghosh, professor at McGill University Deparment of Education, specializing in education’s role in preventing radicalization and Marie-Josee Gicali, vice-president of PAGE-Rwanda, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Cocktails: 6 pm to 7 pm — Speakers: 7 pm to 9 pm

The event is free however donations to fund the foundation’s efforts are appreciated. Full tax receipts will be given. To RSVP, please click eventbrite.ca
For more information, go to genocideeducationfoundation.org or call 514 947-7658.

Image: courtesy of the Foundation for the Compulsory Study of Genocide in Schools

SPCA-AnimaPlus Snout & About

spca snout and about westmountmag.caOn Sunday, June 12, the largest dog walk in Montreal will take place in Mount-Royal Park with the goal of raising funds for the SPCA inspections team. With or without your 4-legged companion, come spend a fun summer’s day in the company of beautiful canines!

When: Sunday, June 12 from 10 am to 3 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Mount-Royal Park – intersection of Park Avenue and Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Why: Because we all love animals!

Register at secure.e2rm.com
For more information, go to snoutandabout.ca or contact Odette Lours, Events coordinator at olours@spca.com or 514 735-2711 ext. 2264.

Image: courtesy of the Montreal SPCA.


bloomsday festival mtl westmountmag.caFestival Bloomsday Montréal

From June 12 to June 16, it’s the 5th Festival Bloomsday Montréal, a celebration of Irish-Montréal heritage, culture and literature. For the complete schedule of events visit bloomsdaymontreal.com/schedule and for up-to-the-minute information go to the festival’s Facebook page.

The following events will be happening in Westmount:

On Tuesday, June 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Stories Told and Sung featuring the grand old songs by singer Kathleen McAuliffe and stories by Margaret Nicolai and Jan Gregory, at the Atwater Library, 1500 Atwater.

On Wednesday, June 15, from 7 to 9 pm, there will be a discussion of Finnegans Wake at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Join the group reading and lively discussion during this book club meeting. In the Westmount Room.

On Thursday, June 16 from 11 am to 3 pm, it’s Bloomsday at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Featuring brilliantly read excerpts from James Joyce’s Ulysses by actors, Montreal journalists and Joyce aficionados, including theatre critic Jim Burke of the Montreal Gazette; former books and theatre critic Pat Donnelly; columnist Peggy Curran; playwright and actor Colleen Curran; CBC arts journalist Jeanette Kelly; novelist and playwright Trevor Ferguson; and Centaur Theatre Artistic Director Roy Surrette. In the Westmount Room.

These events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration required at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register


centre greene westmountmag.caCentre Greene activities

Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

Activities at Contactivity

contactivity centreContactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.

For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult contactivitycentre.org

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

westmount libraryEvents at Westmount Public Library

Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 pm — Reading Group for Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake: The Boaters and Sifters of the ALP. Join the circle skimming the surface or sifting through the layers of Finnegans Wake. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. Special treats at this special Bloomsday meeting! In the Westmount Room.

Thursday, June 16 at 11 am — Bloomsday: Dramatic Readings from Ulysses. Hear Ulysses by James Joyce read aloud by groups of actors and notable Montreal personalities such as Colleen Curran, Peggy Curran, Pat Donnelly, and others. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, June 17 at 2 pm — Film Club – Brooklyn. Tickets available two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

photo: Westmount Library mascotWestmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids

Registration is required for all events. To register, present your child’s library card at the Children’s Desk. For more information, call 514 989-5229.

Wednesdays at 10:35 am — Storytimes – Baby Rhyme Time. In the Storytime Room. In English. (6 to 13 months old)

Wednesdays at 10:10 am and 11:10 am — Storytimes – Books for Babies. In the Storytime Room. In English. (14 to 24 months old)

Tuesdays at 10:15 am — Storytimes – Tales for Toddlers. In the Storytime Room. In English. (2 to 3 year olds)

Wednesdays at 3 pm — Storytimes – Tales for Toddlers. In the Storytime Room. In English. (4 to 6 year olds)

Tuesdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – Storytime & Craft in French. In the Storytime Room. (3 to 6 year olds)

Wednesdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – Storytime & Craft. In the Storytime Room. In English. (2 to 3 year olds)

Thursdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – 4 O’Clock Club. Listen to stories, meet other young artists, have fun, and learn about art. In the Storytime Room. Bilingual. (7 to 13 year olds)

Wednesdays at 5 pm — Storytimes – Caring Paws. Caring Paws matches child-certified therapy dogs and handlers with children who struggle to read. Ozzie the Golden Retriever will be at the library to provide her undivided attention to the children as they read aloud. In the Storytime Room. (7 to 13 year olds)

Friday, June 10 at 4 pm — DYI Compass and Orientation. With Christine Laurent from Dawn of Imagination. Make your own compass, discover Westmount’s local trees and learn basic orienteering skills. Meet in the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 year olds)

Monday, June 13 at 4 pm — Father’s Day Craft. (4 years +)Westmount library

Thursday, June 16 at 4 pm — Where the Wild Things Are. Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, puppeteer and art educator Jesse Stong teaches children how to dig deep into the world of their imagination, creating characters and story ideas based on their own personalities… if you were a Wild Thing what kind of Thing would you be?
In the Storytime Room. (6 years +)

Images: Andrew Burlone

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

1200 Atwater, Westmount

Calling all gardeners!
The Atwater Seed Library has resources to get you started this season including an extensive collection of books on gardening and seed saving. One example is Starting Seeds: How To Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers From Seed by Barbara W. Ellis. Also available are packets of seeds — beans, peas, lettuce and other vegetables.

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, about an Australian doctor haunted by a wartime love affair with his uncle’s wife.

The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free but donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.

photo: Inside Atwater Library

Thursday, June 9 at 12:30 pm
Jacques Archambault, Executive Director of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec, gives an illustrated presentation on the organization’s buildings and sites, many of which are available for public visits or are for rent during the summer. These historic properties include Sir John A. Macdonald’s summer home in Rivière-du-Loup and the Hurtubise House in Westmount.

Tuesday, June 14 at 12:30 pm
Festival Bloomsday Montréal, celebrating the great James Joyce, presents Storytelling and Songs. Emceed by vocalist Kathleen McAuliffe, the program features seasoned storytellers Margaret Nicolai and Jan Gregory, and Natalia Davydova on piano.

Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 4 pm
The Atwater Library Preventing Cyberviolence Project is hosting Game Curious Montréal, a series of six Saturday afternoon sessions organized by the Mount Royal Game Society (MRGS). The fourth and fifth sessions will provide an introduction to a wide variety of games, as well as open discussions and group activities in a zero-pressure, beginner-friendly environment. Game Curious Montréal is aimed primarily at adults, however accompanied minors are also welcome. For more information, email Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

Monday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 15 from 1 to 2 pm
Downsizing and Honouring Memories: Seniors Helping Seniors. Information session about a new project, funded by New Horizons for Seniors, taking place from the summer of 2016 till March 2017. Seniors are warmly invited to attend and explore possibilities for participating and mentoring. The project coordinator is Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

Images: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.